The UK builds, on average, the smallest new homes in western Europe. Research conducted by Cambridge University found that the UK finished bottom of a list of 15 major EU countries. The graphics below show a comparative representation of the average
new-build house size and how the UK compares to the European average, and to other countries around the world.
– Figures are based on available data for the middle of the current decade (up to and including the end of 2014).
The UK’s homes are getting smaller
UK average house size peaked in the 1970s, reaching 83.3m2 before a steady and constant reduction in each of the following decades. The graphics below show how the average house size has shrunk by almost 20% in the last 4 decades.
Also shown are the changing average kitchen, master bedroom and living room sizes of new-build homes in the UK since the 1930s. The total floor plan figure is based on the combined area of these three main rooms. Hallways, corridors and additional bedrooms are not included.
As well as a continuing reduction in overall room size, UK homes are currently being built with fewer bedrooms than ever before – the average per home has fallen to below three for the first time.
European house size comparison data taken from Cambridge University research via the Guardian: LINK
Changing UK house size data taken from LABC Warranty: LINK
Global house size comparison data taken from New Geography: LINK